Last week someone asked me what I thought of the scantily-clad women on Instagram exposing their bodies in the name of fitness.
I love IG and all the amazing accounts I follow, fitness and otherwise. I am a visual person and appreciate the efforts people put into sharing their photos. I have connected with some inspiring and unapologetically happy folks on IG. Happy in their life choices, graduations, marathon training, pets, cross fit PR’s, love of God, love of spouses and children, music, travel destinations on their bucket list, just to name a few. Instagram is a place to share and it is wonderful when people are passionate in life about something that brings them joy.
When I thought about the fitness world on IG, the conclusion of to each his own came to mind. I don’t oppose people showing off their bodies. I find it motivating when I see a tight pair of glutes in tights, or a nice six-pack abdominal shot. To be honest, fitspo has a certain affect on me to work harder in the gym to reach my goals. It is awe-inspiring to see how someone transformed their body through diet and exercise. That takes a lot of discipline.
If a person was training day in and day out, and want to showcase their hard work in a bikini or short shorts, good for them. Their body. Their choice. I can’t say that this is something I would never do. I did post a bikini photo on social media, right here on this very blog. I have spent years being ashamed of imperfections on my body and hiding away under the security of a large towel on the beach because of my “thunder thighs.” Two years ago, I went to Cancun and I took my very first photo of myself on the beach in a bikini. Why? The simple reason was to show that I finally felt confident in a bikini after years of self-doubt and insecurity. I didn’t have washboard abs or guns but I didn’t care. I felt comfortable in my skin. I was eating well and exercising, but more importantly, I was happy on the inside.
I am by no means prudish, but I appreciate tasteful photos. This is where the great debate may come to life. My tasteful might be entirely different from your tasteful. How far is too far? I follow a yoga account by Naya Rappaport on IG. I love her creative expression in her yoga poses. It’s like art. Sometimes she is doing a pose in a bikini by her pool or on the beach. I am not so much noticing that, but more so her strength and flexibility. One person didn’t take too kindly to her bikini poolside pose, and commented on her post that she was using Yoga to flaunt her sexuality and insulting an ancient form of practice by showing too much skin. I found the photo lovely. Naya and her long, wavy locks, the beach, the sea and sand. See. Different perspectives on what is tasteful. I didn’t find it too sexual in my humble opinion. Naya was on a beach. What was she supposed to be wearing? A hoodie and track pants?
Visit Naya’s account and tell me what you think.
My distasteful is what Kim Kardashian posted and of course created quite the uproar in the media. Please note that I do not follow any Kardashian. I don’t like or dislike them, they’re just not appealing to me and are of interest to a much younger generation. I’m not going to call her vapid, narcissistic brainless, like some of the names I have heard and read. She is a human being with feelings. Kim could be a perfectly wonderful friend, mom, sister, wife, and daughter, but her naked body under the caption, “nothing to wear” in my opinion was distasteful and I feel she does these types of antics for nothing but attention and publicity. She has a beautiful body but this post was just so arbitrary. She wasn’t posing nude to protest for PETA. She wasn’t on a photo shoot or showing a body transformation. It was in a bathroom mirror. What is worse is when teenage girls who worship her in turn want to post their own naked bodies on IG to emulate Kim. This to me is a huge problem. Maybe show your time helping the homeless, or less fortunate. Let these young girls aspire for something that empowers them with their brains and compassionate spirits. Pink was quoted as saying more or less the same thing in a recent article I read after Kim posted for all to see. I have to agree with Pink on this one.
My distasteful is one of the required poses in the bikini division of body building. Bodybuilder Lisa Traugott details the particulars of the pose on her blog, as does bodybuilder Dr. Lynn. Check these posts out if you’re curious. In a nutshell, the pose has the women turn their backs to judges, spread their legs open, bend over and protrude their bottoms out. These women are athletes and spend too much time training intensely to be required to do what I consider such trashy pose. These women should be respected and applauded as athletes, not sex kittens bending over provocatively.
I have been wanting to write this post for sometime. So when I was asked my thoughts, the timing was perfect. I leave you with this. Show your taut bodies, feel proud of your physical transformation because you should, you have earned it, but may you never have the dilemma of “having nothing to wear.”
What is your opinion of fitspo on IG?